[meteorite-list] Meteorite "Hammers" (AD)
From: Michael L Blood <mlblood_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue Sep 19 05:11:56 2006
About 7 years ago I stumbled upon a page in the web site of Walter
Branch. The page was a listing of all meteorites reported to have struck
something when they fell to earth - some man made object, animal, or
even a human being (such as the case of Sylacauga).
I immediately found myself entranced by these very special
meteorites and began collecting as many of these extraordinary falls as
possible. I had already been collecting meteorites for many years, but this
"new" realm had an entrancing effect on me like none other before, with
the possible exception of the obsession I developed to collect and offer
every non-Antarctic SNC when there were only 6 of them known at the
time (though only 4 had ever been available when I started).
I read more and more, found other lists, began collecting photos,
and, of course, buying at least a collection specimen of everything I could
lay my hands on. In fact, I was so amazed at how difficult it was to find
these precious rarities after the first dozen or so, I began in earnest to
buy all the material I could find of the most rare varieties rarely seen
(and I DON'T mean "rarely seen" as the term is used in eBay ads!)
It has taken me well over 5 years to accumulate the stock I have
built up and I have spent the last several months putting together a
web site that not only lists each of the falls I offer in this rare
category, but in most instances shows a photo or two of the building, car,
roof, barn, mailbox, etc. actually struck by the meteorite.
These are the car bashers, mailbox crunchers, house smashers, animal
killers and human maulers. This is the real rogues gallery of the meteorite
You are all invited to drop in and take a look see. I kept waiting
and waiting to "open" this site because I always have one or two things
"on the way" - but with over 30 falls represented, I decided I would use
my 60th birthday as an excuse to launch this puppy.
I am indebted to numerous people including, but not limited to,
Walter Branch, Martin Horejsi, Bob Walker, Robert Haag, Edwin Thompson,
Al Lang, and the list goes on & on. I hope you enjoy what you see. Many of
the photos took many, many hours of research - and some of those were the
easier ones to find.
There are links to dozens of videos of the Peekskill fireball, a
photo of .... oh, well, just go there for yourselves. Check it all out at:
This site will be obsessively kept up to date in terms of stock
availability. I know I haven't always done this in my regular catalog, but
this page will be updated with each and every sale and all new material
as it comes in on a daily basis.
Can you tell I am excited about it?
Best wishes, Michael
PS: If you have or know of any applicable material not on my site that is
available for mere money, please let me know. I will give anyone a nice
"finder's fee" for any material I end up purchasing as a result of a lead
given to me.
Received on Tue 19 Sep 2006 05:09:15 AM PDT